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When to use a lens hood ?


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brownnnikon Registered since 03rd Mar 2007
Mon 21-May-07 11:54 AM

Hi all

I recently joined the D-SLR ranks by purchasing a D40 ... love it !!

After a few months of getting used to the camera using the kit lens, (18-55mm) and with a holiday to the far east only weeks away, I decided I needed more of a 'take anywhere' lens. After researching what was available and physically trying a few lenses out on the camera, I decided to go for the Nikon 18-135mm lens. Apart from a little distortion at the 18mm end, I have to say I love it. The 18-55 is less distorted at 18mm, and so for that reason I'll still need it for the wide angle end from time-to-time.

Anyway, the question/point is this ...

The 18-135 came with a lens hood. I just stuck it on straight away and went off shooting. I was telling a friend today about it and he said that on a recent holiday he had used a hood with his 70-200mm lens (on a Canon EOS 350) and it had ruined a load of shots due to dark patches caused by the hood.

I can't understand why ! Could he have confused this with vignetting ? I couldn't see any issues on my shots.

So, when should I use the hood ? Are there guidelines ?

Help for a novice is greatly appreciated.